WRL's summer reading program encourages readers of all ages to turn some pages

aheymann@vagazette.com

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card, and that’s especially true this summer at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Readers of all ages will be able to get in on the excitement of the Summer Reading Program, which returned Monday.

Sandy Towers, WRL’s youth services director, said the children’s program is meant to encourage students to read every day.

“We know kids who read in the summer avoid that summer slide where kids are losing some of the gains they made during the school year with their reading,” Towers said.

To incentivize participation, Towers said children in the fifth grade and younger can log their books via the Beanstack app or website to earn virtual badges and small prizes. Sixth- to 12th-graders can log how many hours they read to earn tickets for prize drawings on Beanstack.

Kids at heart won’t be left out either thanks to the second annual Adult Summer Reading Program. Melissa Simpson, WRL adult services coordinator, said the library started the program last year because she thought it would be fun for adults to have their own program.

“It was a nice way to make the excitement of summer reading trickle over to the adult side,” Simpson said.

This year, adults who log five titles will earn a scratch-off ticket with prizes like a WRL Reads coffee mug or gift card.

“It’s nothing expensive but it’s a nice little incentive to keep people reading,” Simpson said. “We’re hoping that we get more than 500 people participating.”

Want to participate?

Register in person at the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road, the Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland St., the mobile library or online at wrl.beanstack.org. More information is available at wrl.org/summer-reading.

The Summer Reading Kick-Off Party is 1-4 p.m. June 16, Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland St.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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